List of museums in Arizona

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This list of museums in Arizona encompasses museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. The list also includes public non-profit art galleries, and national, state and local parks that feature visitor centers with exhibits.

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Name Location County Region Area of study Website/Summary
Acadia Ranch Museum Oracle Pinal Southern Arizona History - Local website, operated by the Oracle Historical Society, exhibits include local cattle ranch, health resort and mining histories, prehistoric artifacts
Adobe Mountain Railroad Museum Glendale Maricopa Phoenix area Railroad information, includes equipment, model railroad layout, photographs and memorabilia
African American Multicultural Museum Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Ethnic - African American website
Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-Museum Maricopa Pinal Phoenix area Ethnic - Native American information, information, article, includes tribal crafts and history of the Ak-Chin Indian Community
Amerind Foundation Dragoon Cochise Southern Ethnic - Native American Native American archaeology, art, history and culture
Apache County Historical Society Museum St. Johns Apache Northeast History - Local website
Arizona Capitol Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area History Arizona state history, heritage and culture
Arizona Doll & Toy Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Toy information
Arizona Historical Foundation Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area History website, located in the Hayden Library at Arizona State University, changing exhibits of historic documents, photographs and printed materials from its collections
Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website, central Arizona’s history with special emphasis on the 20th Century
Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum Flagstaff Coconino North Central History - Local website, Flagstaff and northern Arizona history
Arizona Historical Society Downtown Museum Tucson Pima Southern History - Local website, exhibits include early Tucson businesses and home displays, including a drugstore, police and fire department, and a barbershop
Arizona History Museum Tucson Pima Southern History - Local website, operated by the Arizona Historical Society, southern Arizona history from Spanish colonial through territorial eras
Arizona Military Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Military website, located at Papago Park Military Reservation, operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, Arizona's military history
Arizona Museum for Youth Mesa Maricopa Phoenix area Children's Focus is on fine art and creativity
Arizona Museum of Natural History Mesa Maricopa Phoenix area Natural history Dinosaurs, Native Americans, ancient cultures of Mexico and the Hohokam, Mars
Arizona Railway Museum Chandler Maricopa Phoenix area Railroad Closed in summer
Arizona Science Center Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Science Located in Historic Heritage Square
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson Pima Southern Natural history Combined zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, features plants, animals, minerals and fossils of the Sonoran Desert
Arizona State Museum Tucson Pima Southern Ethnic - Native American Includes Southwest Indian pottery, artifacts, exhibits of religion and culture
Arizona State University Art Museum Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Art Part of Arizona State University, contemporary art, new media, ceramics and other crafts, prints, art from Arizona and the Southwest and art of the Americas
Arizona Street Railway Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Transportation Restored trolley cars
Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum Mesa Maricopa Phoenix area Aviation website, aircraft include bombers, sub hunters, fighters, attackers, escorts, trainers, gliders, cargo, utility and other
ASU Galleries Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Art website, operated by Arizona State University includes the Step Gallery, Northlight Gallery, Gallery 100, Harry Wood Gallery, Hispanic Research Center Art Gallery
ASU Museum of Anthropology Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Anthropology website, part of Arizona State University, changing exhibits of culture
ASU West ArtSpace Glendale Maricopa Phoenix area Art website, operated by Arizona State University
Barbara Anderson Girl Scout Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Scouting website, tours by appointment
Benson Museum Benson Cochise Southern History - Local website, operated by the San Pedro Valley Arts and Historical Society
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park Globe Gila North Central Archaeology website, includes partially reconstructed Salado pueblo village with a museum displaying artifacts from excavations on the site
Bill and Judy Schaefer Sports Hall of Fame Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Hall of fame - Sports website, part of Arizona State University
Bird Cage Theatre Tombstone Cochise Southern History 1880s theater, saloon, gambling parlor and brothel
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum Bisbee Cochise Southern Multiple website, local history, copper mining
Bonelli House Kingman Mohave West Coast Historic house Early 20th century period house, operated by the Mohave County Historical Society
Buckeye Valley Museum Buckeye Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website
Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum Miami Gila North Central History - Local website
Butterfly Lodge Museum Greer Apache Northeast Historic house website, hunting lodge cabin, home to author James Willard Schultz and artist son Hart Merriam Schultz
Camp Verde Historical Society Museum Camp Verde Yavapai North Central History - Local information
Canyon de Chelly National Monument Navajo Nation Apache Northeast Archaeology Ancient pueblo ruin and museum with artifacts
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Coolidge Pinal Phoenix area Multiple Includes ruins of multiple Hohokam structures built in the 13th century, visitor center exhibits about the Hohokam and artifacts
Casa Grande Valley Historical Society Museum Casa Grande Pinal Phoenix area Multiple website, complex includes local history museum with exhibits of railroads, agriculture, mining, a schoolhouse, a stone church, a barn and vintage fire engines
Casa Malpais Springerville Apache Northeast Archaeology Ancient pueblo ruin and museum with artifacts
Castle Dome Mines Museum and Ghost Town Castle Dome Landing Yuma West Coast Open air Historic lead mining town and museum
Cave Creek Museum Cave Creek Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website, exhibits include pioneers, mining, Hohokam artifacts
Center for Creative Photography Tucson Pima Southern Art Part of the University of Arizona, photography
Center for Meteorite Studies Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Geology Part of Arizona State University, collection of meteorites
Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler Maricopa Phoenix area Art Includes the Vision Gallery and art exhibits in the Exhibition Hall
Chandler Museum Chandler Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website, changing exhibits on culture, history, and art at the 1938 McCullough-Price House, also Tumbleweed Ranch featuring a 1917 home, a historic grocery store and farm equipment
Children's Museum of Phoenix Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Children's website
Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum Clarkdale Yavapai North Central History - Local website
Clemenceau Heritage Museum Cottonwood Yavapai North Central History - Local Operated by the Verde Historical Society
Colossal Cave Mountain Park Tucson Pima Southern History / Geology Includes La Posta Quemada Ranch Museum, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
Copper Queen Mine Bisbee Cochise Southern Mining Underground tours of the mine
Deer Valley Rock Art Center Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Anthropology Located at Papago Park Military Reservation, part of Arizona State University, features Native American rock art and a petroglyph trail in the desert
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District Tucson Pima Southern Art Art gallery and artistic manifestation and architectural constructed of Ettore DeGrazia
Desert Caballeros Western Museum Wickenburg Maricopa Phoenix area American West website, includes Western art, cowboy, pioneer and Native American artifacts, gems and minerals, period store and home displays, history dioramas
Dinnerware Artspace Tucson Pima Southern Art Contemporary art gallery
Discovery Park Campus Safford Graham Southeast Science website, part of Eastern Arizona College, includes an observatory, exhibits about space, the solar system and astronomy
Fort Bowie National Historic Site Bowie Cochise Southern Military Includes ruins of Fort Bowie, visitor center exhibits about the fort and the conflict between the Chiricahua Apache and the U.S. military
Fort Grant Historical Museum Willcox Graham Southeast Military History of the former 19th-century fort and current prison
Fort Huachuca Museum Fort Huachuca Cochise Southern Military History of the US Army in the Southwest, located at Fort Huachuca
Fort Lowell Museum Tucson Pima Southern Military Operated by the Arizona Historical Society, military life on the Arizona frontier
Fort Verde State Historic Park Camp Verde Yavapai North Central Multiple Includes three 1880s period historic house museums, exhibits about the fort, military life, Indian Scouts and Indian Wars era
Fort Whipple Museum Prescott Yavapai North Central Medical Medical and military artifacts of the fort and military hospital
Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory Amado Santa Cruz Southern Science Visitor center exhibits about astronomy and astrophysics, natural science, and cultural history, tours of the observatory
Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum Tucson Pima Southern Railroad website, model train layouts and equipment
Gilbert Historical Museum Gilbert Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website
Glendale Police Museum Glendale Maricopa Phoenix area Law enforcement website
Grace Museum of America Cave Creek Maricopa Phoenix area History Open by appointment only, America's transition from pioneer to modern life
Graham County Historical Society and Museum Thatcher Graham Southeast History - Local Facebook site
Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Village Coconino North Central Multiple Includes changing art exhibits in the Kolb Studio, pioneer history exhibits at the Verkamp's Visitor Center, geology exhibits at the Yavapai Observation Station, Native American exhibits at the Tusayan Ruins and Museum
Hall of Flame Fire Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Firefighting Firefighting equipment, apparatus, patches, helmets, uniforms, memorabilia
Halle Heart Children's Museum Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Medical website, operated by the American Heart Association, biology of the heart, human body and health
Heard Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Ethnic - Native American Ancient and contemporary Native American jewelry, baskets, kachina dolls, ceramics, clothing and art
Heard Museum North Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Ethnic - Native American website
Henry Hauser Museum Sierra Vista Cochise Southern History - Local website, operated by the Sierra Vista Historical Society
Historic Fairbank Schoolhouse Fairbank Cochise Southern School information
History of Pharmacy Museum Tucson Pima Southern Medical website, part of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, includes bottles, original drug containers, drug store fixtures and historic artifacts
Homolovi Ruins State Park Winslow Navajo Northeast Archaeology Artifacts from over 300 Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Ganado Apache Northeast Historic house Historic trading post and family homestead with barn, bunkhouse, guest hogan, historic farm equipment and animals
Huhugam Heritage Center Chandler Maricopa Phoenix area Ethnic - Native American website, history and culture of the Gila River Indian Community
Huhugam Ki Museum Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Ethnic - Native American website, history and culture of the O'odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa)
International Wildlife Museum Tucson Pima Southern Natural history website, dioramas of insects, mammals and bird from around the world
Jerome State Historic Park Jerome Yavapai North Central History - Local Exhibits include local history and copper mining
Jewish History Museum Tucson Pima Southern Jewish Houses in a historic synagogue, history of the Jewish community in Arizona
John Bell Railroad Museum Clarkdale Yavapai North Central Railroad Located in the depot of the Verde Canyon Railroad, a heritage railroad
Kannally Ranch House Oracle Pinal Southern Arizona Historic house Part of Oracle State Park, 1930s adobe ranch home
Kitt Peak National Observatory Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation Pima Southern Science Astronomy
Lake Havasu Museum of History Lake Havasu Mohave West Coast History - Local website
La Pilita Museum Tucson Pima Southern History - Local website
L. Ron Hubbard House at Camelback Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Biographical website, house where L. Ron Hubbard developed the theories of Scientology
Manistee Ranch Glendale Maricopa Phoenix area Historic house Operated by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Railroad Includes a 15" gauge railroad, a Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive, a railroad museum, three model railroad clubs and a 7.5" gauge live steam railroad
McCullough-Price House Chandler Maricopa Phoenix area Historic house 1938 Pueblo Revival style home
McFarland State Historic Park Florence Pinal Phoenix area History Historic courthouse and jail, exhibits about Arizona's Territorial history and law and order
Mesa Arts Center Mesa Maricopa Phoenix area Art Includes art gallery
Mesa Historical Museum Mesa Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local
Meteor Crater Winslow Navajo Northeast Natural history Visitor center exhibits about space, meteorites and asteroids, the solar system, and the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet
Mills Collection Thatcher Graham Southeast Archaeology website, part of East Arizona College, collection of ancient Native American pottery, arrowheads, jewelry and artifacts on public display
Mine Museum Jerome Yavapai North Central History - Local website, operated by the Jerome Historical Society
Modified Arts Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Art Contemporary art gallery, music venue and performance space
Mohave Museum of History and Arts Kingman Mohave West Coast History - Local website, also changing exhibits of local art, collections online
Montezuma Castle National Monument Camp Verde Yavapai North Central Ethnic - Native American Preserved cliff dwellings built by the pre-Columbian Sinagua people around 700 AD and a museum about the builders
Muheim Heritage House Museum Bisbee Cochise Southern Historic house website, operated by the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, early 20th century period home
Museum of Northern Arizona Flagstaff Coconino North Central Ethnic - Native American Also natural history displays
Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix) Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Music Musical instruments from around the world
Navajo County Historical Society Museum Holbrook Navajo Northeast History - Local website
Navajo Interactive Museum Tuba City Coconino North Central Ethnic - Native American website
Navajo Nation Museum Window Rock Apache Northeast Ethnic - Native American website, history and culture of the Navajo Nation
Navajo National Monument Navajo Northeast Ethnic - Native American Three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people
Old Trails Museum Winslow Navajo Northeast History - Local website, operated by the Winslow Historical Society
Petersen House Museum Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Historic house Late 19th century Victorian period house
Petrified Forest National Park Navajo Northeast Natural history Includes dinosaur and fossil exhibits in the Rainbow Forest Museum, and exhibits in the Painted Desert Inn Museum
Phippen Museum Prescott Yavapai North Central Art website, American Western art
Phoenix Airport Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Art website, includes permanent pieces and changing exhibits in the terminals
Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Art Collection includes American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design
Phoenix Police Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Law enforcement website
Pima Air & Space Museum Tucson Pima Southern Aerospace Includes over 275 commercial and military aircraft and spacecraft
Pima County Sports Hall of Fame Tucson Pima Southern Hall of fame - Sports website, Arizona sports history
Pine-Strawberry Museum Pine Gila North Central History - Local website, includes prehistoric and pioneer artifacts, period antiques and room displays
Pinetop-Lakeside Historical Society Museum Pinetop-Lakeside Navajo Northeast History - Local website
Pioneer Living History Village Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Living history 19th century Old West town
Pipe Spring National Monument Kaibab Mohave North Central Multiple Includes exhibits about the Kaibab Paiute Indians, Mormons, pioneer, natural history, historic fort tours
Planes of Fame Valle Coconino North Central Aerospace Features rare and one-of-a-kind classic aircraft
Postal History Foundation Tucson Pima Southern Philatelic website, includes turn-of-the-century frontier post office and postal exhibits
Powell Museum Page Coconino North Central History - Local website, includes exhibits on explorations of John Wesley Powell
Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Archaeology - Native American 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins and excavated artifacts
Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame Willcox Cochise Southern Biographical Memorabilia of Western actor and singer Rex Allen
Rim Country Museum Payson Gila North Central History - Local website, operated by the Northern Gila County Historical Society, complex includes museum and Zane Grey cabin
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Flagstaff Coconino North Central Historic house 1904 Arts and Crafts style mansion
River of Time Museum Fountain Hills Maricopa Phoenix area Multiple website, Yavapai culture, archaeology, geology, mining, pioneers, Fort McDowell, Roosevelt Dam
Rosson House Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Historic house Victorian period house, located in Historic Heritage Square
R. S. Dietz Museum of Geology Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Natural history website, part of Arizona State University, minerals, gems, fossils from around the world
Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area Glendale Maricopa Phoenix area Farm Late 19th century fruit ranch with 13 original buildings, a rose garden, barnyard and orchards
Sanguinetti House Museum Yuma Yuma West Coast History - Local website. operated by the Arizona Historical Society, history of the Lower Colorado River from the 1540s to the present
Scottsdale Historical Museum Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Art Contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design
Sedona Heritage Museum Sedona Yavapai North Central History - Local website
Sharlot Hall Museum Prescott Yavapai North Central Open air Includes several 19th century period buildings and homes and a history museum
Shemer Art Center Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area Art website, arts education center and contemporary arts museum of Arizona art
Show Low Museum Show Low Navajo Northeast History - Local website, operated by the Show Low Historical Society
Sirrine House Mesa Maricopa Phoenix area Historic house website, 1896 Victorian period house, open for special events
Slaughter Ranch Douglas Cochise Southern Historic house Complex includes adobe ranch house, ice house, wash house, granary, commissary, and car shed
Smoki Museum Prescott Yavapai North Central Ethnic - Native American website, artifacts, art and culture of the indigenous cultures of the Southwest
Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum Tucson Pima Southern History - Local website, photos and information, located in the Tucson Convention Center complex, owned by the Arizona Historical Society
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum Tucson Pima Southern Railroad Located in a depot, includes a steam locomotive, railroad and Arizona transportation history exhibits
Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation Glendale Maricopa Phoenix area Technology website, mostly a research facility, call before visiting, technological devices related to communications and computation
St. Michaels Museum St. Michaels Apache Northeast Ethnic - Native American website, Navajo culture of the early 20th century, located in the 1898, the St. Michaels Mission of Francison Friars
Stinson Pioneer Museum Snowflake Navajo Northeast History - Local information
Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website
Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum Apache Junction Maricopa Phoenix area Mining website, mining equipment and tools
Superstition Mountain Museum Apache Junction Maricopa Phoenix area Multiple website, complex includes reproductions of 19th century businesses, area rock specimens, displays about area natural history, Native American, and military history.
Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Jewish website, Jewish culture, history and art, operated by Congregation Beth Israel
Taliesin West Scottsdale Maricopa Phoenix area Historic house Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school
Taylor Pioneer Museum Taylor Navajo Northeast History - Local information, information
Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area Art Includes the Gallery at TCA, a free public visual art gallery
Tempe History Museum Tempe Maricopa Phoenix area History - Local website
Titan Missile Museum Sahuarita Pima Southern Military Former ICBM missile site and missile exhibits
Tohono O'odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum Topawa Pima Southern Ethnic - Native American information, history and culture of the Tohono O'odham
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Tombstone Cochise Southern History Restored 1880s courthouse
Tonto National Monument Gila North Central Ethnic - Native American Includes 13th to 15th century Salado culture cliff dwellings and visitor center museum
Trail Dust Town Tucson Pima Southern Multiple Includes the Museum of the Horse Soldier, Trail Dust Town Railroad
Tubac Center for the Arts Tubac Santa Cruz Southern Art website, includes exhibit gallery
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Tubac Santa Cruz Southern History Includes ruins of the Tubac Presidio, furnished 1885 schoolhouse, museum about the area's historic periods
Tucson Museum of Art Tucson Pima Southern Art website, collection includes art of American West, the Americas, modern and contemporary art
Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum Tucson Pima Southern History website, includes cowboy gear, rodeo memorabilia, horse-drawn vehicles
Tumacácori National Historical Park Nogales Santa Cruz Southern History Ruins of three Spanish mission communities and a museum, consists of 360 acres (1.5 km2) in three separate units
Tuzigoot National Monument Clarkdale Yavapai North Central Archaeology - Native American Pueblo ruins and visitor center museum
Tyson's Well Stage Station Museum Quartzsite La Paz West Coast History - Local website, operated by the Quartzsite Historical Society, includes history and equipment for mining for gold, lead and mercury, minerals
University of Arizona Mineral Museum Tucson Pima Southern Geology Minerals, meteorites, mining
University of Arizona Museum of Art Tucson Pima Southern Art Emphasis on European and American fine art from the Renaissance to the present
University of Arizona Poetry Center Tucson Pima Southern Literary Exhibits from its collections in Contemporary American poetry from the 1950s to the present, collection also includes rare books, limited-edition and artist books, chapbooks, broadsides, photographs, and audiovisual recordings
US Army Intelligence Museum Fort Huachuca Cochise Southern Military Evolution of the intelligence art within the U.S. Army, located at Fort Huachuca
Walnut Canyon National Monument Flagstaff Coconino North Central Archaeology Includes cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua people and visitor center museum
Wupatki National Monument Flagstaff Coconino North Central Ethnic - Native American Includes Ancient Pueblo People ruins and visitor center museum
Wells Fargo History Museum Phoenix Maricopa Phoenix area History website, American West history and the Wells Fargo Company, includes a 19th-century stagecoach, art gallery of N.C. Wyeth’s western-themed work
West Valley Art Museum Surprise Maricopa Phoenix area Art website, collection includes ethnic Dress and textiles, fine art prints, Chinese and Japanese ethnographic artifacts, Arizona art
White Mountain Apache Cultural Center & Museum Whiteriver Navajo Northeast Ethnic - Native American website, history and culture of the Apache, located in Fort Apache Indian Reservation
World's Smallest Museum Superior Pinal Phoenix area History website, includes antique household items, tools, movie equipment, mining artifacts, political memorabilia
Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park Yuma Yuma West Coast Military Former United States Army logistics facility
Yuma Territorial Prison Yuma Yuma West Coast Prison Historic prison

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  1. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/05/03/20110503arizona-mining-museum-closes.html Arizona mining museum abruptly shutters, azcentral.com, May 3, 2011
  2. ^ http://www.mingei.org/about/news/1173 "The Bead Museum to Donate Entire Collection to Mingei International Museum in San Diego", Mingei Museum, 3/11/2011
  3. ^ http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2009/08/heard_museum_west_will_close_b.php "Heard Museum West Will Close By the End of 2009", Phoenix NewsTimes, August 4, 2009
  4. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/06/18/20090618phx-museum0618-ON.html Phoenix Museum of History closing June 30, AZ Central.com, June 18, 2009

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